Citizens for Regional Transit to discuss year in review at Thursday meeting

The Transit Year in Review and
Looking Ahead to Transportation in Buffalo Niagara for 2020 and Beyond:

CRT Addresses Recent and Future Trends for Transit and Other Transportation Modes


CRT Quarterly Public Meeting—Thursday, January 16, 2020

When: Doors open at 5pm, presentation at 5:30.
Where: Central Library West Room, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo.
Access: Free and open to all. Easily accessible via Metro Rail and Bus.
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On Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 5:30-7 pm at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library (Central Library’s West Room), Citizens for Regional Transit (CRT) will hold its first quarterly public meeting of 2020. CRT President Douglas Funke will present his annual review of the organization’s activities advocating for better public transit in the region. Kelly Dixon of the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC) will present an update on the responses to recommendations from One Region Forward. A brief business meeting will be held to elect officers and Executive Board members for 2020.

Review of the Year in Transit. In the face of constrained Federal funding, but with growing recognition of the importance of reducing emissions, the NFTA has made progress with a new fare system, Metro Rail extensions, repairs to existing rail infrastructure, and preparations for adding electric buses to the fleet. CRT has advocated for transit by meeting with elected representatives, educating the public, and forming alliances with community transportation organizations.

According to CRT President Doug Funke, “The past year has seen exciting developments such as completion of the draft Environmental Impact Statement for Buffalo Metro’s first major extension to Amherst and the NFTA’s public commitment for adding a new transit station in the old DL&W train shed. The coming year promises new important developments that build on these accomplishments, including the start of the engineering work for the Amherst extension and a major new NYS climate change mitigation initiative that will have important implications for public transit investments and funding.”

Looking Ahead: Transportation in Buffalo Niagara in 2020 and Beyond. The One Region Forward project generated recommendations for local transportation planning. Since then, progress has been made with more changes expected in the future, responding to identified needs.

According to GBNRTC Principal Planner Kelly Dixon, “With the federally recognized Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD) adopted in 2015, One Region Forward – A New Way for Planning for Buffalo Niagara – continues to provide a framework for moving the region towards a more sustainable, resilient, prosperous and opportunity-rich future. Come for a look back at implementation efforts over the past five years and a preview of what is on deck for 2020!”

Citizens for Regional Transit seeks to educate the public, public officials, their authorities and agencies in the Buffalo-Niagara region about the benefits of a comprehensive transportation system including an expanded Metro Rail. 

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